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Cape Times: Listeriosis: Meat sector bleeds


Durban – South Africa’s processed meat industry has shed about 2000 jobs while bleeding R800 million monthly as safety concerns following the outbreak of listeriosis sent the prices and demand for ready-to-eat meats tumbling.

This is according to the South African Meat Processors Association (Sampa), which said of the 2000 jobs lost, 700 were in KwaZulu-Natal.

The job losses suffered by workers in the meat-processing industry come as the country continues to battle unemployment.

The recently released quarterly labour survey showed that the unemployment rate (26.7%) remained unchanged over the first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of last year.


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